Summary: "Thanks to the UK's crazy 'first past the post' electoral system, there's only way the UK can end austerity and neoliberal government in the next general election, writes Rupert Read: if centre and left parties join in a Progressive Alliance that represents the majority of voters."
Progressive alliance seems like the best hope of averting another 5 years of the Conservatives on June 8th. Is it feasible?
Summary: "The difference between utopia and dystopia isn’t how well everything runs. It’s about what happens when everything fails. Here in the nonfictional, disastrous world, we’re about to find out which one we live in."
Cory Doctorow talking about one of the myths of dystopia.
Summary: "Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams’s Inventing the Future argues that the contemporary left must revive its historically central mission of imaginative engagement with futurity. It must refuse the all-too-easy trap of dismissing visions of technological and social progress as neoliberal fantasies. It must seize the contemporary moment of increasing technological sophistication to demand a post-scarcity future where people are no longer obliged to be workers; where production and distribution are democratically delegated to a largely automated infrastructure; where people are free to fish in the afternoon and criticize after dinner. It must combine a utopian imagination with the patient organizational work necessary to wrest the future from the clutches of hegemonic neoliberalism."
Good review of Inventing the Future.
Summary: "Distributed messaging that can work via mesh networks and even sneakernet."
Distributed messaging that can work via mesh networks and even sneakernet.
From a designer’s perspective, some tips on using open data in a project.
Design that respects human rights, human effort, and human experience – prioritised in that order.